[EBM: otitis media in children: how to formulate a PICO question].
Van den Bruel A., Chevalier P., Vermeire E., Aertgeerts B., Buntinx F.
This series of articles begins with a problem frequently encountered in children: acute otitis media. Under the insistence of parents, antibiotics are frequently prescribed. The physician knows that the value of that therapy is debatable, but what for a child of 6 years of age? The physician whishes to compare his/her opinion with what is published in the litterature or available on the web. How to start his/her research? In this first article the physician will find out how to translate his/her practical question into a question which leads to a practical answer, and then to a PICO question. This will allow the physician to find sources of directly usable and relevant data which will offer a rational and wellfounded answer to his/her clinical question.